The Tillers Added to Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Show

Plus, local musician Willy D passes away, Bunbury announces performers and sister fest, The Reflectives release debut and The Afghan Whigs keep going

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The Tillers

Voting for the 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is now closed and ballots are being tallied to determine the winners, which will be announced at the CEA celebration on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Covington’s Madison Theater ( (The Best New Bands showcase, featuring all of the artists nominated in the New Artist of the Year category and others, takes place this Saturday at Corryville club Bogart’s.)

The CEA show/party will feature performances from CEA-nominated artists Honey & Houston, Moonbow, The Yugos, The Upset Victory, Valley High, The Almighty Get Down and DAAP Girls, as well as a secret opening performance by an entity known (as of now) only as Saint Ain’t Mangled Angels.

Also added to the CEA event is a special performance by Cincinnati Folk trio The Tillers, who released their fantastic Hand on the Plow album and toured the U.K. with Pokey LaFarge in 2013. The group, nominated for CEAs in the Folk/Americana, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year categories, will be paying tribute to their friend and former bassist, Jason Soudrette, who lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia late last year.

Advanced tickets to the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards show (which is open to all ages) are available now through for $20. Tickets are $25 if purchased at the box office on the night of the ceremony. Proceeds from CEA ticket sales benefit the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (

R.I.P. Willy D

On Jan. 7, the Cincinnati music scene lost another beloved member. Dennis Williams, better known as “Willy D,” died from (according to his obituary) “acute complications of liver disease.” He was 57.

Williams had extensive experience playing Blues, Rock and R&B music in the area, most recently performing with artists like the Sonny Moorman Group and in a duo with fellow local musician Drew Lanius.

A celebration of Willy D’s life was held on Jan. 12 at Milford club Bocca Live and a future memorial event is reportedly in the works. Friends and fans are encouraged to leave messages and stories about the late musician through, which will also provide updates on any future memorial plans. Williams’ family is asking that donations be made to the local Play It Forward organization in Willy D’s honor. The nonprofit organization assists area musicians in times of health and financial crises. Make a donation and find out more about the org at

Bunbury Announces Performers, Sister Fest

The Bunbury Music Festival, returning to Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove along the riverfront July 11-13, recently announced its first three artists — Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics, who are touring outdoor venues together this summer on their “Monumentour.”

The full Bunbury lineup will be announced Feb. 20. Visit for the latest info and ticket links.

Bunbury organizers are also launching a new music festival in the same location this year. The weekend after Bunbury (July 18-20) will mark the debut of the Buckle Up Festival, described at the fest’s site ( as a “three-day, six-stage country music bash on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati.” A lineup announcement for Buckle Up is coming this Friday.

For local artists interested in performing at either festival, submissions are being accepted through Deadline for submissions to both festivals is Jan. 31.

More Local Notes

• Local groove-oriented AltRock crew The Reflectives celebrate the release of their debut album, Everything’s Pretend, with a show at Covington, Ky.’s Madison Theater this Friday. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and also features performances by Cheating Paisley, Vito Emmanuel, Mango Monkeys and Black Pharaoh. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8 in advance through or $10 day of the show.

The Reflectives have made Everything’s Pretend track “Lucy Mae” available as a free single at, where you can also purchase the new album.

• Since performing last year at the South By Southwest festival with Usher, Cincinnati legends The Afghan Whigs have been occasionally posting studio photos on their social media accounts, suggesting their big reunion tour in 2012 might have just been the beginning of Phase 2 for the group. There’s now more good news for Whigs fans hoping to see more of the band — the group recently announced it will play the (now sold out) 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California April 11 and April 18 alongside artists like Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Replacements, Muse, Motorhead and bazillion other artists Keep an eye on for the latest developments.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected], @CityBeatMusic or here on Facebook.

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